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Kirk Hiner
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Kirk Hiner has been covering Apple products on the web since 1998. In between writing reviews and covering Apple product news, he has written the novel "Mowin' the Heavenly Lawn" and co-authored the play "Spoon Millionaires." Kirk currently lives in the Mogadore with his wife and three children, where he's always never finishing his next book, playing a lot of video games, and going on and on about Japanese rock bands, the Seattle Seahawks, and Flash Gordon.

Appidemic: Solve the explained in Secret Files Tunguska for iOS

When Russian scientist Vladimir Kalenkow disappears while investigating the “unexplained” Tunguska Event of 1908, his daughter steps into action. Along with Vladimir’s assistant, Max, she will attempt to outrun both Russian intelligence and a secret society to unravel the mystery and hopefully find her dad in Secret Files Tunguska.

Indiegogo find: The Mighty Speaker may be sharkproof

I say the Mighty Speaker “may” be sharkproof because the developer doesn’t actually make that claim. They have no reason to. But I’m watching something on SyFy about the greatest shark attacks in cinema, so I’ve got that on my mind. Hopefully, your speaker needs are more of the waterproof, sandproof and floating variety, which the Mighty Speaker can provide.

Get the mPact Glass screen protector for iPhone 5/5s before you wish you had

The good news, I guess, is that we’re all pretty much done with those floppy, bubble-ridden screen protectors we still get for free with our iPhone cases. At least we should be. You’ve got glass options now, which go on better, look better, and feel better in use. Here, we’re going to look at the mPact Glass screen protector from designed by m.

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Back-to-school giveaway: UE Boom – Jettison Edition wireless speaker

Is it too early to think about going back to school? Yes? Maybe? Regardless, it’s not too early to think about new speaker equipment, and that’s why we’re giving away an Ultimate Ears UE Boom wireless speaker to one lucky AppleTell reader. The specific model is the UE Boom – Jettison Edition, a limited run designed by skateboard artist Don Pendleton, worth $199.99.

Your weekend GOG.com promo is all about Daedalic

GOG.com supports Linux now. Yeah, I don’t care much either. I mean, I’m happy for Linux users—I like when people of all walks of life get to play the games—but I’m more interested in what GOG.com has to offer Mac gamers. This week, that offering is of particular interest to adventure games; from now through Tuesday, July 29th, GOG.com is offering up to 90% off select adventure games from Daedalic.

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Touchscreen input with an AluPen Twist, reviewed

Just Mobile, of course, knows a thing or two about stylus input for touchscreen devices; their classic AluPen is one of the most popular ever made. But that doesn’t mean they’re about just rest on their laurels. And so we have the Just Mobile AluPen Twist, a dual-purpose stylus for touchscreens and paper.

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What lurks in the PowerShadow i5d battery case for iPhone 5/5s?

It’s the combination of the dock and the case, then, that allows me to heartily recommend the PowerShadow i5d. There are less expensive, more attractive options available, but if you hate having to take your phone out of its case in order to dock it, the PowerShadow i5d is the most convenient option I’ve tried yet.

Skateboard artist Don Pendleton’s UE Boom is pretty cool

Ultimate Ears has released a few limited-edition runs of their UE Boom wireless Bluetooth speaker, the latest of which is a collaboration with artist Don Pendleton. Continuing the company’s aim to blend people’s passions for music, design and art, the limited-run Jettison Edition is designed with Pendleton’s distinct organic cubist graphic style.

VocaLive 2 puts a complete vocal recording/editing studio on your iPhone or iPad

When we first reviewed VocaLive back in 2011, it was billed as vocal processor. IK MultiMedia has now redefined the app, and it’s a worth a re-evaluation. VocaLive 2 now comes with a multitrack studio complete with digital audio workstation features such as timeline audio editing, waveform visualization, touch-and-drag looping, and more.

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The FLIR ONE will have your iPhone seeing infrared

Back at Macworld/iWorld 2014 in March, one of our most surprising finds was the FLIR ONE thermal imaging camera. This iPhone 5/5s case—when paired with its iPhone app—displays live infrared imagery, allowing you detect heat energy that is otherwise invisible to the eye. And staring July 23rd, pre-orders are being accepted online.

Castle of Illusion appears on Macs this Thursday

You’ve heard of Disney’s Marvel Comics, Disney’s Star Wars and Disney’s The Muppets, but have you ever heard of Disney’s Mickey Mouse? Dude, I’m totally serious! Disney has this cartoon mouse character, and this cartoon mouse character has a game called Castle of Illusion that Feral Interactive is releasing for OS X on Thursday, July 24th.

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Breathe easily with the Satechi USB Air Purifier & Fan

Remember back when office desks had ashtrays built right into them? Me neither, although I’m told they existed. It maybe won’t be long now before they have air purifiers built into them, so I guess we’re making progress. If you’re having trouble writing that into your contract, the Satechi USB Air Purifier and Fan should hold you over.